A Plainview High School robotics team is advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional Competition to be held in Athens, Georgia on March 23-25.
The advancing team, known as Plainview Robotics Team 2, earned the right to advance during the 2017 Panhandle Plains Regional Championship Robotics Tournament held at Lubbock High School on Saturday, February 25.
Thirty-six teams from the north Texas to El Paso area participated in the regional competition that was sponsored by the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Only four teams will advance to the Super-Regional event.
PHS entered three teams: -
· Team RoboDogg – Luis Ramirez and Fernando Cruz;
· Team RoboSpike – Armando Gonzales, Ben Bozeman, Devin Kirk, and Nic Armijo;
· Plainview Robotics Team 2 - Matthew Hastey, Armando Delgado, Andre Hernandez, Edgar Baeza, and Jimmy Rodriguez.
Teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge are charged with designing, building, programming, and operating robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Through the process, students develop STEM (Science, Math, Technology and Engineering) skills and practice engineering principles under the guidance of an instructor.
Teams are judged on robot performance, student conduct, judge’s interviews, and their engineering notebooks.
During the judge’s interview portion of the competition, team members were given 20 minutes to present their robot and then explain how it functions and how it was built to a panel judges consisting of representatives from engineering firms and instructors in the Texas Tech Engineering program.
Each robotic team then competed with alliance partners in an arena. For this event, the teams competed in five elimination rounds, three semi-finals round, and three final rounds.
All three PHS teams advanced to the semi-final rounds. Team RoboSpike and Plainview Robotics Team 2 advanced to the final rounds.
PHS robotics instructor Terry Nelson said, “After three very exciting final rounds, Plainview Robotics Team 2, in an alliance with Hart and Kelton, won the final round and earned the right to advance to the Super-Regional competition in Athens, Georgia.”
Nelson said the PHS teams also earned the third place Inspire Award, given to the team that embodies the challenge of the program, and a 1st PTC Design Award, based upon their submitting an engineering notebook that includes detailed robot design drawings.
Due to scheduling conflicts for some of the original members of Plainview Robotics Team 2, PHS will be represented at Super-Regionals by Matthew Hastey, Armando Delgado, Armando Gonzales, and Nic Armijo.